Sen. Richard Lugar meets with voters outside of a polling location Tuesday, May 8, 2012, in Greenwood, Ind. Lugar is being challenged by two-term state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar was routed by the right flank of his own Republican Party Tuesday night, and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state’s gay marriage ban — a conservative show of enthusiasm and strength six months before the nation chooses between Democratic President Barack Obama and GOP foe Mitt Romney.
Romney swept three Republican primaries, moving ever closer to sealing his nomination.
“I have no regrets about running for re-election, even if doing so can be a very daunting task,” the 80-year-old Lugar said as he conceded to the tea party-backed GOP opponent who ended his nearly four-decade career in the Senate. Lugar’s foe, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, had painted the Republican senator as too moderate for the conservative state.
North Carolinians voted to amend their state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, effectively outlawing gay unions.
Also Tuesday, Democrats were picking a nominee to challenge Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a June recall election.
The contests overshadowed Romney’s continued progress toward the GOP presidential nomination. He won the GOP presidential primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia, drawing close to the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination. He was likely to win 100 or so delegates of the 288 he still needed.
Even Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was essentially ignoring the Login to read more